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Taming the Past in Early Modern Britain

Posted By Meredith Beales, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

            Recent scholarship has reminded us that in early modern Britain, the past was not a single, monolithic narrative; instead, it was ‘wild,’ a vast sweep of facts and stories whose irreconcilability often intruded uncomfortably on people, even as they strived to reconcile this multiplicity with their own notions of continuity and change. 

 

This panel invites papers that examine the various ways early modern Britons attempted to tame their ‘wild’ past.  How did they respond to competing narratives of national pasts?  What was the influence of local customs and traditions? What value was placed on family ancestry and pedigree? How did oral traditions and popular print media such as almanacs and chronologies shape the sense of the past? How did religion determine the telling of history? Why the popularity of history plays? How did geography and regional language play into the past? To what degree did gender play a role in the recording and transmission of history?

 

Proposals on these and related topics must include:

 

·      Paper title (15-word maximum)

 

·      Abstract (150-word maximum)

 

·      Keywords

 

·      AV requirements

 

·      Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form).  Additional guidelines for doctoral students from the RSA: The CVs of doctoral students should include the title of their dissertation, if applicable, and must show that they are within a short time (around 2 years) of defending their dissertation.  They should be presenting dissertation research, not term papers.

 

Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals by June 2nd to Meredith Beales: m [dot] beales [at] ubc.ca

Tags:  England  Historical Drama  Historiography  History 

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